In this article we will address the causes of toothache and some possible solutions or treatments, as well as prevention recommendations to avoid this painful condition.
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What causes toothache?
Toothache is pain around the face and jaw, which can also cause other pain or localized symptoms, for example:
- toothache can cause sore throat
- toothache can cause fever
- toothache can cause headache
- ear pain etc
Some of the causes of toothache can be a tooth infection, a cavity, irritation of a nerve in the root of the tooth or the loss of a tooth.
We must remember that in the center of each tooth there is something called the dental pulp, which is a spongy and soft tissue that has many nerve connections and blood vessels. This pulp is covered in many layers of hard tissue, the last layer being enamel.
When a cavity occurs, for example, a hole is generated in the enamel and in the following layers, which directly exposes the pulp and all its nerves. This is why when there is an affectation of this tooth pulp, the pain is quite intense and even unbearable.
This condition that affects the dental pulp is known as pulpitis and must be treated in time because in addition to the sensitivity and pain that occurs with hot and cold foods, it can become infected until the pulp dies and root solutions must be taken. such as root canals or tooth extractions.
Can toothache cause ear pain?
Indeed, toothache that causes earache can occur since the human being is a complete connection.
As we mentioned before, toothache is a throbbing pain that can start mild but becomes stronger as time passes and adequate treatment is not carried out.
This toothache can radiate to the ear, throat, head, jaw and can be more intense when lying down, due to the pressure exerted on the tooth, or when eating and drinking.
To avoid infection and more serious causes such as the death of a nerve or dental pulp, toothache treatment should be started as soon as possible.
If the cause of the toothache is a cavity, it should be treated as soon as possible by removing the decayed part of the tooth and putting a filling to cover the hole left by the cavity.
When the toothache is caused by a broken or loose filling, the filling should be removed and a new one put in to completely cover the hole.
If the cause of toothache is pulpitis, an endodontic or root canal treatment should be performed from the root of the tooth to remove the decayed part, cover with a filling and place a crown to seal and protect the tooth.
When there is an infection in the tooth, it is very likely that the administration of antibiotics will be required to treat said infection.
Finally, if the tooth and its root no longer have a solution with the treatments described above, the only and last option is the extraction of the tooth.
How can we prevent a toothache?
The best protection against toothache is good and consistent oral hygiene, keeping teeth and gums as healthy as possible.
Put the following recommendations into practice:
- You should limit the consumption of sugary foods and drinks
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
- Always brush your gums and tongue
- Use dental floss at least once a day to clean the spaces where the brush does not reach
- Avoid cigarette smoking
- Visit the dentist at least once a year to clean and detect possible dental problems.
As you can see, the recommendations are simple and easy to carry out, we just have to do our part to avoid a big toothache and pocket.
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Now that you know more about the causes of toothache, its treatment and how to prevent it, we invite you to put into practice all the recommendations that we make to avoid this sharp and sharp pain that we do not wish on our worst enemy.